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Subseries 3.2
Prose by Frank Ormsby, 1966-2002
Box 23 and 41; OP 1

Scope and Content Note

As a prose writer, Ormsby produced works of fiction and autobiography, as well as book reviews, critical essays, speeches, and interviews. Notes describe specific documents with varying levels of detail, including date of composition and/or eventual publication. Many reviews and essays remain untitled, though most descriptions of such texts refer to the reviewed text or other salient details.

Arrangement Note

Ormsby's prose is collected in subsections pertaining to fiction, autobiography, book reviews, essays, speeches, and interviews. Individual texts are listed alphabetically by title under each subsection. Untitled reviews are listed alphabetically by the author under consideration.

Fiction
Box Folder Content
23 1 Journal of holiday in Turkey (1989) with part of novel written there but later abandoned
23 2 Relief! Relief! TS novel, circa 1966 [written while Ormsby was a pupil at St. Michael's College, Enniskillen] St. Michael's College, Enniskillen]
23 3 Untitled, TS novel fragments, circa 1968 [written while Ormsby was an undergraduate at Queen's University Belfast]
Autobiography
23 4 "Winter Journal I," MS [uncollected]
23 5 "Winter Journal II," MS [uncollected]
23 6 "Winter Journal Extras," MS [uncollected]
Reviews
23 7 "Heaney's ‘Voices,' Raine's ‘Riches,'" MS review of Seamus Heaney's Station Island (1984) and Craig Raine's Rich (1984) [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Heaney's ‘Voices,' Raine's ‘Riches'"] Heaney's ‘Voices,' Raine's ‘Riches,'" MS review of Seamus Heaney'sCraig Raine'sHeaney's ‘Voices,' Raine's ‘Riches'"] Rich (1984) [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "
23 8 "John Hewitt's ‘Chosen Ground,'" MS draft of review of John Hewitt's The Day of the Corncrake: Poems of the Nine Glens, for unknown, undated newspaper [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "John Hewitt's ‘Chosen Ground'"] John Hewitt's ‘Chosen Ground,'" MS draft of review of John Hewitt'sJohn Hewitt's ‘Chosen Ground'"]
23 9 "A Journey Back," MS draft of review of Roy McFadden's After Seymour's FuneralRoy McFadden's
23 10 "Longley: Chapter and Verse," MS review of Michael Longley's Poems: 1963-1983 [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Longley: Chapter and Verse"] Michael Longley's
OP1 6 "Personal Gestures," galley proof of review of Kinsella's The New Oxford Book of Irish Verse and Muldoon's The Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, in The Times Educational Supplement, 11 July 1986 [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Personal Gestures"] Kinsella'sMuldoon'sThe Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry, in The Times Educational Supplement, 11 July 1986 [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Personal Gestures"]
23 11 "The Short Stories of James Plunkett," TS review of The Trusting and the Maimed by James Plunkett James Plunkett," TS review of James Plunkett
23 12 "Ulster Poet Waxing Lyrical on Debut," MS review of Peter McDonald's Biting the Wax (1990) [published in Belfast Telegraph, 18 July 1990] Peter McDonald'sBelfast Telegraph, 18 July 1990]
23 13 Untitled, MS review of John Broderick's An Apology for RosesJohn Broderick's
23 14 Untitled, MS review of Gerald Dawe's Sunday School (1991) Gerald Dawe's
23 15 Untitled, MS review of Paul Durcan's Going Home to Russia (1987) Paul Durcan's
23 16 Untitled, MS review of Gavin Ewart's unknown volume
23 17 Untitled, MS review of Robert Johnston's All Shy WildnessRobert Johnston's
23 18 Untitled, MS essay on Louis MacNeice's Autumn JournalLouis MacNeice's
23 19 Untitled, MS review of James Simmons' From the Irish (1985) James Simmons'
23 20 Miscellaneous MS notes for reviews
Essays
41 75 "Dear Bill," Enniskillen show, first prize, 26 August 1959
41 76 "The Life Story of a Fox," Enniskillen show, first prize 26 August 1959
23 21 "Coping," MS [essay on the Northern Ireland Troubles]
23 22 "Local Promptings," MS draft of essay on A Northern Spring for PBS Bulletin, 1986 [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Local Promptings"] PBS Bulletin, 1986 [See also Subseries 5.1: Printed material by Ormsby, "Local Promptings"]
23 23 "The Long Embrace," MS, TS, used as basis for BBC Northern Ireland, Radio Ulster script [See also Subseries 3.4: Scripts by Ormsby, "The Long Embrace"]
23 24 "Obituary: George Buchanan," MS, TS for London TimesGeorge Buchanan," MS, TS for
41 77 "Stepping-Stones: Poetry in Northern Ireland Since the Sixties"
23 25 "Tomorrow with His Notes," MS draft of essay / lecture delivered at the John Hewitt International Summer School [later published]
23 26 Untitled MS, diary of trip to Romania 1-10 October 1987
23 27 Untitled MS, TS essay on Irish poetry and painting
23 28 Untitled MS, explications of poems from Ormsby's A Store of Candles
23 29 Untitled, notes about Ulster violence, MS
Speeches
41 78 "An Instonian Anthology"
23 30 "The Prizewinners," TS [speech for Ulster awards summer]
23 31 Untitled TS speech at unknown secondary school's prize night
23 32 Untitled TS speech / talking points at poetry reading of A Northern Spring materials
Interviews
23 33 Interview of Frank Ormsby by Patricia Horton, 3 April 1995 [includes original interview notes, revisions, final draft]
41 79 Interview of Frank Ormsby by Kim Cheng, Boey, 25 October 2000
41 80 Interview of Frank Ormsby by John Brown, circa 2000s
Other
41 81 Biographical entry, "Simmons, James, Stewart Alexander," Dictionary of Irish Biography, 2002
41 82 Foreword, Book of Sketches by Alfonso Monreal, 1998
41 83 Proposal, untitled anthology of "translations and versions of European poetry by poets from Northern Ireland," undated
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